The holiday season is a time when the stress on the individual or family’s pocket book is increased. Fortunately it is also a time when the opportunities to earn a little cash on the side are also increased. Season work has the advantages of boosting income at a key spending time without the long term commitment to a permanent job. The uptick in seasonal work is of course linked with the increase in holiday spending which has impact right through the economy. Most people are aware that the retail sector is ripe for holiday jobs but there are many other sectors that also increase their seasonal hiring. Here’s a list of the ten best seasonal side jobs to help with spending.
The retail sector has simply thousands of opportunities as the holiday spending frenzy starts. All the retail sectors from toys, florists, lingerie, bookstores and grocery stores enjoy higher customer volumes. Most retailer kick off their seasonal hiring in October and build up throughout the month of November. Many stores have longer and later hours which increases their demand for staff and the hours offered may be easy to work around existing commitments such as studying or another employment.. Not all jobs in the retail sector are about sitting at a cashier posts. Retailers need store assistants, shelve packers and security staff. A side job in retail is a great way to help with holiday spending
Ironically the growth in demand for staff and available jobs also creates additional opportunities in the recruitment sector. This type of skilled role is a good boost to holiday spending power but also a chance to build an attractive resume. Many agencies hire additional temps to cope with the increase in seasonal workload. Seasonal recruiters are typically involved in finding, screening, interviewing and evaluating potential candidates. This represents a great way to gain valuable work experience and a foot in the door of a recruitment firm with the hope of more work in the future.
Customer Service Representative.
Increases in business inevitably lead to increases in customer queries and complaints. Most big firms hire additional customer services reps to efficiently field customer’s questions and process their grievances over the telephone or by email during the holiday period.
Santa and his helpers
Experienced Santas who look the part and can pass all background checks and look the part are always in demand. In addition Santa’s grotto requires elves, photographers and coordinators. Santas can earn as much as $100 an hour and are needed for private parties, malls and department stores. They usually get a bonus for working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Artistic types can earn around $15 an hour as seasonal decorators. They do decorating in stores, malls and workplaces and even homes. Many work freelance but there are also a number of large companies who provide the services, have steady lucrative contracts and begin hiring in November.
Holiday photographers avail of the holiday mood to escalate their business and can make extra cash in the seasonal period taking photographs and selling their product either from a studio or online. Many families and commercial enterprise require the services of a photographer to take holiday snaps for greeting cards and seasonal portraits.
Social Media assistant
For social media aficionados the seasonal period is a great chance to monetize their skills. Many businesses boost their social media footprint in the holiday period and hire additional staff to handle their brand’s seasonal digital outreach. There are roles in running social media campaigns and generating online content. Freelance social media influencers can leverage their followers for seasonal sponsorship by named brands. Anyone with more than 10K followers in a niche market can earn from endorsements on the major social media platforms.
Ski Resort Staff
For the outdoorsy types Winter Sports offer abundant seasonal job opportunities. For those with skills who live in a ski area or are willing to move temporarily the position of ski instructor is lucrative and attractive. Ski resorts also hire additional retail, catering and equipment handlers in the ski season.
The uptick in online retail has led to a massive increase in the demand for the services of delivery folk right across the delivery sector.
Tis the season to be merry and to party which leads to a great boost in demand for the event planners who are working independently or can be hired by national event planning firms. They require excellent organization and communication skills and can earn $20-$30 an hour.
Those interested in taking on a seasonal role should start looking for positions as early as October. Vacancies are typically advertised on the company’s website. Whatever position you are interested in you should approach the application as seriously as they would a full time permanent role in order to ensure success in getting the job.
Written by Garrett Parker
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